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How I Got Him To Marry Me: 50 True Stories [Kindle Edition]

Cherise Kelley

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Book Description

He likes it. Now get him to put a ring on it!

Learn from these 50 true stories of women who have been there, ranging from the heartwarming to the hilarious!

You don't have to interview 50 married women to find out how they managed to get that ring on their finger. The author has done that for you. All 50 were married after 1990, so this is modern information for our changing times. Read and find out how you can get him to marry you and not just live together!


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1585 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Size 12 By St Patrick's Day; Third edition (20 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BRDWME6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #555,887 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cherise Kelley grew up in a family of teachers. Her father, Ronald Morris, taught social studies and history for 30 years at Arcadia High School in Southern California. Her mother is a registered nurse who teaches parents about the special needs of their premature infants. Her sister, Kristine Morris White, is a grand prix level dressage horse trainer.

Mrs. Kelley became a teacher herself in 1991 through San Francisco State University after earning her bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley. She has taught English at the college, high school, and middle school level, but prefers to substitute teach so that she has time for her writing.

Cherise lives near Spokane, Washington State in the USA with her husband and two dogs named Raffle and Oreo, who inspire her Dog Aliens novels.

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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Manipulative and unfinished. 4 April 2013
By Regan Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I signed up to receive read and review a book called, "How I Got Him to Marry Me." by Cherise Kelley. I normally read books with a paranormal/thriller/mystery slant to them, but periodically I need a brain refresher and will step out of my normal genre. So when I read the description on Good Reads, I though, "Hey, why not?" Half way through the book I realized that it is a perfect combination of "Chicken Soup for the Bride To Be's Soul" and "The Rules" by Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider. As I read on through the book I realized it began to bother me. It sounded a lot like a counter book to "He's Just Not That Into You." Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo put out by whiny women who want to be wives.

The author starts out with a wonderful introduction to her idea on the book. I wanted to see a case study after reading her introduction. I wanted to find out at the end what her theories or ideas as to why this was, but instead, it's a book of women who go out of their way to plot or force their man to marry you. There's no ending.

From the author: "...Living together instead of getting married began to be acceptable in the 1960s hippie culture, and by the 1980s, many young men no longer saw the point in marriage. I watched the culture change, but I didn't catch on until it was almost too late for me. Before the 1980s, the man was the one who pushed for marriage. By the 1990s, living together instead of being married was almost expected among young people. Now, in the 21st century, women have a hard time getting married, even if we really want to. If you've been under a rock and haven't noticed this, then search the Internet for the page titled "US Census Marriage and Divorce," and prepare to have your mind blown"......" and "....I'm almost 50 years old now, and I'm a trained teacher. I'm tempted to lecture you in this book. I'm tempted to read between the lines of all these true stories that I've collected from women who have managed to get their boyfriends to marry them, to cull out and spell out what they did that worked and what they did that was foolish. I'm tempted beat you over the head with it.
In short: I'm tempted to tell you what to do...."

I am not sure if it is because I am too independent of a woman, if it is generational, or if it was the book itself, but I was really unhappy with it. It was well written in the grammar, spelling, writing aspect of it. It is even an interesting topic, which is why I had chosen it to review. Overall, however, it was just alright.

I read the first 30 or so stories. Each story presents a woman dating/in a relationship with a man who essentially wants to be a wife and not a "girlfriend." Each story read the same: Somewhat spoiled sounding women who get fed up, put their foot down and plot in a manner to make this man their husband. Women in our society, American society, already has enough stigma attached to them on being high maintenanced, spoiled, demanding, conniving, and manipulative. This book absolutely did not help the cause.

I skimmed through the rest of the book, in hopes to find a chapter or two on a summary of what the author's intent with publishing this book was. I had hoped to find some kind of lesson or deep thought. I didn't. Instead the book just ended with a "Thank you" to the brides /wives that had written in; leaving me with the feeling the book and idea are completely dropped. I wanted to see a case study after reading her introduction. I wanted to find out at the end what her theories or ideas as to why this was, but instead, it's a book of women who literally mapped out ways they manipulated their mates into marriage.

I guess, what it comes down to for me is that this is a really wonderful idea for a book, but truly just seems like the start of something greater. The stories of each woman's path into marriage is interesting. But I want to know a psychological view on it. I want the meat of it. I have always been told by older generations, men and even other women, that if a man wants to marry you, HE WILL. If he hasn't after two years, odds are, you're not the one. Tripping him, twisting him, and making him fall for marriage is not a healthy way into a long lasting marriage.

Some examples that bothered me the most:
#3 Lizzie and Cordell
#8 Layla and Jamie
#10 Julie and Samuel

Some stories that I did actually enjoy reading:
#5 Jessica and Stu
#6 Marie and Fred
#9 Trisha and David - I absolutely LOVED this story!!

But that is all I am going to say about those specific stories, you'll just HAVE to buy the book and read it for yourself. I would be curious what the view of my female friends, married or unmarried, feel about this book too.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars informative and fun 19 Jun. 2013
By T. Murrell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Back in the 1950s everyone waited until they were married to sleep together and everyone got married. Or at least that is what the norm was. But enter the 1960s and everything changed. Free love, no strings attached kinds of relationships began to become more normal and accepted. It is now over 50 years later and the difficult part of a relationship for a woman is often getting her boyfriend to actually marry her. The author/facilitator put together 50 stories about different women who were married after 1990 and what they did to get their boyfriend to become their husband.

I really enjoyed this. The stories were well written and really fun to read. The author did a great job of picking interesting stories. While I didn't have to deal with this issue, I found the statistics she gave alarming and the advice and stories fun and informative. Even if you are already married, you can still really enjoy the stories in this book. Will be checking out the other books by this author.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enlightening 18 Jun. 2013
By Miranda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Never once did I get a "how to catch a man" vibe. While some of the women were manipulative, I don't feel like they all were. However, I noticed, as I'm sure most did, the more recent the story the pushier the women seemed. The women from the 90's to early 2000's seemed genuine and patient; they seemed more respective of their partners.

It wasn't long ago more and more women were giving their men ultimatums (this book is proof) however, nowadays women want more and more out of life, which I suppose is why some are offended. I wasn't offended although, I'm not very independent. I did not want to read this book because I needed help in this department, I read it because it seemed (and was) very interesting.

I love memoirs and I love peaking into peoples lives. I like understanding how other people think.

I really enjoyed the heartfelt stories. I liked that the author kept the stories short and to the point. Many of these stories remind us: one little thing can change our lives forever.

The only story I didn't care for was #16, only because she was very deceitful and such a bad model for those women who might be hoping to get something from this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Read 30 Jun. 2013
By Cheri L. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
How I Got Him to Marry Me by Cherise Kelley is a feel good collection of short stories. It is a perfect summer read, because it allows the reader to pick it up and put it down without losing the thread of the conversation. Reading these stories feels like sitting around with a group of girlfriends discussing men and life in general. I very much enjoyed reading about strong women who choose to value themselves and insist that others do so as well. It surprised me how many of the ladies in this book decided, in our modern age, to wait on sex and/or cohabitation until they had a wedding band, but their reasons were solid and the success of their relationships is proof that it can be done. If you are looking for a relaxed, happy read plus relationship savvy tips, this is your summer read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 7 Jan. 2015
By Kimmieb2u - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Although I don't think much about shacking up (otherwise known as living together) many of the gals in this book did. I enjoyed reading this because it basically shows that women can get and stay married even in these so-called modern times.
Myself, I met and married my husband too early to be included in this book--it had to be 1990 or later. I married in 1986. One thing I did do like many of the other girls here--out was going to be marriage or nothing. I'm like the gal in the last account (accept for dress size). I made myself worthy of marriage with skills and responsibility so he accepted that.

Good marriages are of great value to your family, neighborhood, state and country. They help add stability and prosperity. I liked that these girls were marriage minded.
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